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This category is for posts that raise or discuss issues related to spiritual development or its study.

CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading - Dec 2, 2005

A report at CNN.com, "CDC: Deadly bacterial illness appears to be spreading" is a strong reminder that hospital routine is not always effective, and sometimes requires rapid and even extensive tuning.

Dictionary.com/psychobabble

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Dictionary.com has a rather illuminating definition of the term "psychobabble." Given here, they define it as
Language characterized by the often inaccurate use of jargon from psychiatry and psychotherapy: “Discussions... sometimes... consist of consciousness-raising psychobabble, with the students' feelings and experiences valued as much as anything the professor or texts have to offer” (Karen Lehrman).

When is a rose not a rose?

Gertrude Stein's famous line about roses was intended to heighten the reality of the sense of a rose in the imagination of her reader. These days, the modern psycho-sophist has other aims. Aiming to regain control of a debate that is lost when normal discourse and normal sanity prevails, the psycho-sophists invent specialized terms that mean something quite different than one might expect from the meanings of the words from which they are composed. Hearing such terms, one has the sense of unreality conveyed in a play by Ionescu.

Vatican letter says norms on priesthood must be 'faithfully observed'

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This, too, is worth passing on. The general media may pass it up. CNS STORY: Vatican letter says norms on priesthood must be 'faithfully observed' In particular, to quote the article,
The instruction, the letter said, "does not call into question the validity of the ordination and the situation of priests who, in fact, have been ordained with homosexual tendencies" or of priests who have manifested homosexual tendencies after ordination.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Indian PM: 'Talk about safe sex'

The Prime Minister of India has urged his people to "Talk about safe sex". I'd be happy if he could simply tell me what the term "safe sex" means. The Indian PM is concerned, of course, about the spread of HIV AIDS in his country. So far, so good, Mr. Prime Minister. I'm with you on that one.
Recent figures released by the government suggest that HIV is now spreading from traditional high-risk target groups, like truckers and sex workers in cities, to those living in rural areas.

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